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STAR Awards

SHPE proudly recognizes and celebrates its SHPE Technical Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Award recipients each year during the SHPE National Convention.

These prestigious awards honor outstanding professionals and students for their dedication, commitment, and selfless efforts to advance Hispanics in STEM careers. The STAR Awards also recognize a company and government agency for demonstrating significant, measurable, and visible assistance to further SHPE’s programs as well as Hispanics in STEM. Please join us at the National Convention to honor and recognize all of our award winners!

Do you know someone who should be honored with a STAR Award? Please look for the nomination application in early Spring. If you would like further details, please email starawards@shpe.org.

2022 STAR Award Honorees

Company of the Year

Cummins, Inc.

Government Agency of the Year

National Security Agency

Hispanic ERG of the Year

ExxonMobil Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos

Rubén Hinojosa STEM Award

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, California

Rubén Hinojosa STEM Award

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Texas

Rubén Hinojosa STEM Award

Congressman Tony Cardenas, California, U.S. House of Representatives

Rubén Hinojosa STEM Award

Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, Florida, U.S. House of Representatives

Jaime Oaxaca Award

Nora E. Rincon
General Motors

Rodrigo Garcia Founder's Award

The Garcia Family

Dr. Ellen Ochoa Award

Joelle C. Romeu
The Boeing Company

Advisor of the Year

Julieta O. Vallejos
Florida International University

Community Service Award

Mónica Morales, PE
Jacobs

Corporate Achievement Award

Carlos L. Enllanche
Chevron

Diversity Award

Maira Garcia
Honeywell Aerospace

Educator of the Year - K-12

César Alejandro Llontop Barahona
New London Adult & Continuing Education

Hispanic in Technology Award - Government

Rudy J. Garcia
Sandia National Laboratories

Innovator Award

Dr. Marvi A. Matos Rodriguez
The Boeing Company

Manager of the Year

Gerardo Zúñiga Guerra
Medtronic

Professional Role Model Award

Lázaro Herrera
General Atomics ASI

Promising Engineer Award

Hector Sabillon
John Deere

SHPE Star of Today

Gabriela Michel Sánchez-Sorondo
General Motors

SHPE Star of Tomorrow

Milena Nino Sowell
ExxonMobil Corporation

Student Role Model Award - Undergraduate

Justin J. Arbaiza
California State University Northridge

Student Role Model Award - Graduate

Adriana Mulero-Russe
Georgia Institute of Technology

Young Investigator Award

Dr. Yvonne J. Diaz
Dow, Inc

2022 STAR Awards Brochure

The 2022 STAR Awards nominations deadline was July 15, 2022!

Company of the Year

GE 

Government Agency of the Year

Air Force STEM

Hispanic ERG of the Year

Dow

Jaime Oaxaca Award

Ernesto “Ernie” Felix
Intel Corporation

Rodrigo Garcia Founder’s Award

Rodrigo T. Garcia
SHPE Founder

Dr. Ellen Ochoa Award

Melanie L. Weber
The Boeing Company

Advisor of the Year

Dr. Lizzie Santiago
West Virginia University

Community Service Award

Frances J. Gonzalez
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Corporate Achievement Award

Lesly Caridad VanDen Heuvel
Kimberly Clark

Diversity Award

Esther Ledesma Pumarol
Medtronic

Educator of the Year – Higher Education

Christopher Hernandez, Ph.D.
Cornell University

Hispanic in Technology Award – Government

Capt. Cristian Hernández Rivera
Air Force Research Laboratory

Innovator Award

Dr. Kenneth Miguel Armijo
Sandia National Laboratories

Manager of the Year

Leopoldo Hernandez Jr.
Bechtel Corporation

Professional Role Model Award

Jasmin Vanessa Guerrero
Raytheon Technologies

Promising Engineer Award

Leilani C. Rebolledo
Chevron Corporation

Renaissance Engineer Award

Fernando Rosario
Exeqpath

SHPE Star of Today

Dr. Carlos A. Escobar
General Motors

SHPE Star of Tomorrow

Monica Ochoa
The Boeing Company

Student Role Model Award – Graduate

Adrian Dávila
Virginia Tech

Student Role Model Award – Undergraduate

Andrea Lastra
University of Houston

Young Investigator Award

Julibeth Martinez De la Hoz
Dow, Inc.